Former Texan Sage Rosenfels Alludes to "Crazy" NFL Rumor, Breaks Twitter
As if you needed another daily reminder with where we are in the realm of "breaking news," we got one on Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Groovehouse This guy for Brian Hoyer? Doubtful.
Adam Schefter, Jay Glazer, Albert Breer.
These are the names we've become accustomed to hearing from when a free agent signs with a team, a head coach is fired, or Roger Goodell has handed down his most recent haphazard punishment for a violation of the personal conduct policy.
Guys like them have legitimate, journalistic "street cred" grounded in years of contact building and around-the-clock reporting.
However, we've all seen that Twitter has a funny way of deciding what exactly constitutes journalistic "street cred." To wit, yesterday, the Twitterverse decided that former Houston Texans quarterback, the now retired Sage Rosenfels was credible enough as a "news breaker" (even though, as best I can tell, he doesn't actually work for any news outlet) for all of us to run with this tweet.
Hearing a crazy #NFL rumor. If/when confirmed, it hugely affect two franchises.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) August 13, 2014
(Just so you know, I'm making a sarcastic thumbs up sign as I say that "okeeeeeyyy," kind of like Nicholas Cage in The Rock after Sean Connery leaves him to go thwart Ed Harris, and tells him not to worry about anything.)
Now, if I'm not mistaken, I believe Rosenfels is trying to break into the media business. In fact, I believe I read somewhere that he was one of several retired players to attend a broadcasting boot camp of some sort.
So maybe this was Rosenfels' chumming the "hot takes" waters, and seeing if he could ruffle a few feathers in the sports radio community by getting us to discuss his tweet. If that was his goal, then it kind of worked, I guess.
With the aid of dozens of "random tweet guys," Rosenfels' faceless speculation somehow morphed into a "nearly done deal" trade between the Texans and the Browns that would see Andre Johnson get his ticket out of jail and the Texans upgrade their quarterback position by acquiring Brian Hoyer.
(Of course, calling a trade to Cleveland a "ticket out of jail" isn't entirely accurate. It's more like a transfer from Shawshank to Alcatraz. And calling Hoyer an upgrade over Fitzpatrick is like saying that a Hyundai has better pick up than a moped.)